2002-122
Created By: Cynthia Monroe on 03/25/2002 at 10:54 AM
Category: Lobbyist Advisory Opinions
Caption:
Dismissed Document:

April 15, 2002

Rita Nixon
1433 King Wall Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2002-122

Dear Ms. Nixon:

The Board of Ethics, at its April 11, 2002 meeting, dismissed the charge issued to you on March 13, 2002 for your failure to file the lobbying expenditure report due by February 15, 2002 as your report was received and showed a postmark date of February 11, 2002.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 225/922-1400 or 1-800-842-6630.

Sincerely,

LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS



Jennifer G. Magness
For the Board

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March 13, 2002

Rita Nixon
1433 King Wall Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2002-122
Lobbyist Registration No. 880

Dear Ms. Nixon:

The Board of Ethics, at its March 13, 2002 meeting, considered a staff report regarding your failure to file the lobbying expenditure report due by February 15, 2002.

The Board, by a majority vote of its membership, at its March 13, 2002 meeting, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:

CHARGE

That Rita Nixon, a registered lobbyist in 2001, may have violated Section 55B(2) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:55B(2)] by failing to file the Lobbying Expenditure Report due by February 15, 2002 and covering the reporting period of July 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001 and is therefore subject to civil penalties of $50 per day until the report is filed.

The hearing will be held at 9 o’clock a.m., June 13, 2002 in the Louisiana State Retirement Systems Building, 8401 United Plaza Boulevard, 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in Section 58 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:58], Sections 1141E and 1143 of the Code of Governmental Ethics [LSA-R.S. 42:1141E and 1143], and in conformity with the Rules adopted by the Board, a copy of which is enclosed.

At the conclusion of this public hearing, the Board may impose additional civil sanctions of up to $10,000 as per Section 58D(2) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA-R.S. 24:58D(2)].
Ethics Board Docket No. 2002-122
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In order to fully cooperate with you in this matter, we will, upon request, provide you with copies of all documents we may introduce into evidence and the names and addresses of all witnesses we intend to call. If you desire the attendance of any witnesses, the Board can issue subpoenas for those witnesses. In order to have subpoenas issued you must, at least ten (10) days in advance of the hearing, supply the names and addresses of the persons to be subpoenaed.

If you need any additional information, please contact Jennifer Magness, the designated trial attorney at (225) 922-1400 or toll free at (800) 842-6630.

Sincerely,

LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS



Robert L. Roland
Chairman

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